Comment The Clemson Tiger watch clemson vs south carolina baseball team will begin the biggest series of the season to this point against in-state rival South Carolina. The Gamecocks are currently unranked, but are playing good baseball early in the season and boast an identical record with revenge on their minds.
The series dates back to , and has been renewed every year since Clemson holds a 70—42—4 lead in the series.
Clemson has more wins against USC than any other program has,  and Carolina is second behind Georgia Tech in most wins against Clemson.
Carolina won that game 12—6 and a new tradition was born — Big Thursday. Clemson would win the next four contests including a 51—0 win in , still the largest margin of victory by either team in the series before the 1st break in the series took place in The Gamecock mascot made its first appearance in In that first season as the Gamecocks, Carolina defeated a highly favored Clemson team coached by the legendary John Heisman 12—6.
But it was the full-scale riot that broke out in the wake of the game that is remembered most. After the game on Thursday, the Clemson guys frankly told the Carolina students that if you bring this poster, which is insulting to us, to the big parade on Friday, you're going to be in trouble.
And naturally, of course, the Carolina students brought the poster to the parade. If you give someone an ultimatum and they are your rival, they're going to do exactly what you told them not to do. The immediate aftermath resulted in the stoppage of the rivalry until The Carolina—Clemson game has been played every year since.
Cary Cox, a football player of the victorious Clemson squad in , signed up for the V program in and was placed at USC. The naval instructors at USC ordered him to play on the football team and he was named the captain for the Big Thursday game against Clemson.
Cox was reluctant to play against his former teammates and he voiced his concerns to coach Lt. James P.
Moran who responded, "Cox, I can't promise you'll get a Navy commission if you play Thursday, but I can damn well promise that you won't get one if you don't play. He returned to Clemson after the war and captained the team in a losing effort to Carolina, but Cox earned his place in history as the only player to captain both schools' football teams.
Modern era — Post World War II[ edit ] Near riot — counterfeit tickets The game could be the most chaotic in the football series. Two New York mobsters printed counterfeit tickets for the game.
Fans from both sides were denied entrance when the duplicate tickets were discovered, which led to a near riot. To add to the wild scene, a Clemson fan strangled a live chicken at midfield during halftime.
Fans from both sides of the rivalry, many of whom who had been denied entrance, along with fans who poured out of the stands, stormed the fences and gates and spilled onto the field. It took U. Secretary of State James F.
Byrnes , who attended the game along with then-Governor-elect Strom Thurmond , to settle down the hostile crowd. Once order was restored, fans were allowed to stand along the sidelines, with the teams, while the second half was played to the game's conclusion.
The Gamecocks eventually won by a score of 26— Upon request of both schools' presidents, the S. General Assembly passed a resolution on February 27, , ordering the game to be played. This year would mark the end of the tradition as the rivalry progressed to a home-and-home series played on a Saturday.
However, the two schools would not move the contest to the last regular season game until two years later. Clemson won the final Big Thursday match-up 27—0. A few minutes before Clemson football players entered the field for pre-game warm ups, a group of Sigma Nu fraternity members ran onto the field, jumping up and down and cheering in football uniforms that resembled the ones worn by the Tigers.
This caused the Clemson band to start playing "Tiger Rag," which was followed by the pranksters falling down as they attempted to do calisthenics.
They would also do football drills where guys would drop passes and miss the ball when trying to kick it. Clemson fans quickly realized that they had been tricked, and some of them angrily ran onto the field.
However, security restored order before any blows could be exchanged. The Carolina frat boys had also acquired a sickly cow they planned to bring out during halftime to be the "Clemson Homecoming Queen", but the cow died en route to the stadium.
Carolina won the game 21— However, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy the day before would affect the scheduling of the game. Both schools planned to proceed with the original day and time, but federal government pressure caused the schools to push the game to November 28, marking the only time Clemson and Carolina played on Thanksgiving Day.
Clemson won the game 24— This play is known as "The Catch" and is one of the most memorable plays in the rivalry. In a surprise to both the players and the fans, Coach Danny Ford unveiled new orange uniform pants for the Tigers to wear. This was the first time in Clemson's history that they wore orange pants in any combination for a football game.
Inspired by the pants, the underdog Tigers defeated the Gamecocks, 27—6. With about three minutes remaining in the game, Gamecock QB Mike Hold led an eight-play yard touchdown drive and, thanks to a Clemson penalty that allowed a re-kick of a missed extra point, defeated the Tigers 22—21 to finish the first win season in program history.
Danny Ford allowed the Clemson players to wear orange pants on the road for the first time.
Led by halfback Terry Allen 's yard, two touchdown first half, the Tigers rolled the Gamecocks on the ground for yards en route to a 45—0 victory. The game would be Ford's last against South Carolina as Clemson's coach.
He finished with a 7—3—1 record against the Gamecocks. With Clemson needing a win at home to become bowl-eligible, Taneyhill led his team to a 24—13 victory and famously signed his name with his finger on the Tiger Paw at midfield following a key second-half touchdown.
Gamecock RB Brandon Bennett received the kick to start the third quarter, took a few steps, then turned and threw a backward pass to the other side of the field which was caught by DB Reggie Richardson who returned the ball 85 yards to the Tigers' 6-yard line.
Bennett ran it in for a touchdown on the next play, putting Carolina ahead 21—7 and the Gamecocks never looked back, going on to win the game 33—7 and clinching a bid to the Carquest Bowl. Carolina fans point to a replay that seems to show Gardner pushing off Gamecock defender Andre Goodman , but Clemson fans contend that the contact was mutual and incidental.
Carolina jumped out to an early 20—9 lead behind a strong ground attack, and held on to win 20—15 and secure a bid to their second straight Outback Bowl. Because of the September 11 attacks, this was not the final regular season game for Clemson.
The Tigers rescheduled their September 15 game Vs. Duke for the first weekend of December.
So which returning players will be leading the charge for the Tigers? The first choice is obvious: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence.